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The KJV-Only Controversy

I just got yet another book from Amazon. This time it is from James White and deals with the "King James Only" controversy that seems to plague the evangelical Christian world from time to time. For the reader that may not know what I am talking about (perhaps it is because you are more blessed than those of us who do), a brief explanation is in order.

There is a segment of Christianity that feels strongly about the King James Version of the Bible from 1611 being the only Bible translation that accurately records the Word of God-- and is therefore the sole version He wants us to use. Some will not even concede that there is a suitable version for any other language and all must therefore learn English if they wish to read and understand God's Word. I know of one preacher that goes so far as to say that it even corrects the Greek manuscripts (New Testament) from which it was translated. All of the 'onlyists' consider translations made from the same manuscripts as the KJV to be corruptions and generally suspect some sort of satanic involvement (at the very least the brothers and sisters who worked on them are grievously deceived). So it is not just whether you translate your New Testament from the Textus Receptus that matters-- it's that you bothered to do so in the first place.

As someone who enjoys reading and comparing several different translations, I am looking forward to delving into this book and gaining some insights from James White.

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